'Fat' Freddie Thompson has been forced to hire two burly Eastern European criminals to protect him from attack in prison, sources revealed last night.
The cowardly bully boy has been paying the two Polish lags after he got a "serious beating" from a notorious Traveller criminal while on remand in Cloverhill Prison last September.
It is understood that the Traveller hoodlum from Ballyfermot is a close ally of the Brian Rattigan gang who were involved in a decade-long gang war with Thompson's mob.
Prison sources said that the gang boss was badly injured in the attack a number of weeks ago, which did not reach the media at the time.
"Freddie became a very subdued and scared man after he got a savage hammering," a prison insider told the Herald.
"It really put manners on him for a while."
The Herald has learned that Thompson offered to pay two Polish gangsters to act as his minders while in prison to ensure he is not attacked again.
"Thompson has become very cocky again and has begun skipping queues for food and pushing his weight around because he has the two Polish goons minding him," the insider said.
"He really doesn't care now that he has protection and has been laughing that he will be out in a few months," he added.
On Monday, Thompson was jailed for a total of 20 months after he pleaded guilty to violent disorder along with two other men at Morrissey's Pub, Cork Street, in Dublin on January 7, 2013.
The melee, during which a beer bottle was thrown at the victim, was "sparked by slagging" after a Dublin funeral, according to Thompson's lawyer.
Garda Seamus O'Donovan who investigated the incident told the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the victim never made a complaint to gardai, and although there were many people in the pub at the time, no one came forward to make any witness statements.
"There was no co-operation," Gda O'Donovan told Colm O Briain BL, prosecuting, before he confirmed there was no victim impact report before the court.
Thompson was nominated as a suspect after gardai viewed CCTV footage from the pub.
Judge Martin Nolan said in all probability, Thompson started the row and noted that he threw a bottle at someone.
He backdated the sentence of 20 months to May 23, 2014 when Thompson was first remanded in custody.
Gda O'Donovan agreed with Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, that once Thompson became aware that gardai were interested in speaking to him, his solicitor contacted them to advise that he would co-operate with the investigation.
Thompson could be due out in August as his back-dated sentence includes a 25pc remission for good behavior.